Julian Montoya, Examination # 1, Ethics and society
“My Confession” Leo Tolstoy
Ideas in the reading
In the reading of “My confession”, Tolstoy discusses a spiritual crisis that he experienced late in his life and how he found a solution to it. Tolstoy, late in his life, enjoyed what would be considered a successful existence; he tasted fame and respect among his peers and colleges. However, he began feeling overwhelmed by concerns of the real and more profound meaning of life. He started to question himself about his actions on his live and why he should care about things that he formerly cared about it. In the end, he found that is very difficult to provide answers to these questions. As a result, he was feeling like his life was empty and like someone else is playing a mean trick on him. He felt like life lacked of meaning.
Tolstoy notes that before this crisis, he was able to find satisfaction in taking care his family. He also found pleasure pursuing his love for the arts and poetry. In the middle of his crisis, caring for his family no longer seemed as significant as before; he wonder why   he should care for them. After all, they had the same destiny than him, which was to die.   Tolstoy also notes that art for him lots all kind of significance because of the seeming insignificance of life. As art reflects life, it could do nothing other than reflect the unhappiness of Tolstoy that felt in life. Tolstoy also notes that science is not able of providing answers concerning the fundamental meaning of life. According with Tolstoy Science only can provide methodical descriptions of what human life is like, of what it consists of. However, Science is unable to explain what the meaning of live is.

In the end, Tolstoy concluded that that faith could provide a complete meaning to life.   While he was observing different kind of people, he noticed that the great majority of people are not consumed by a feeling of meaninglessness in their lives, even...